A journalist working for the Qatar-based Al Jazeera TV network who has been detained in Spain since early September had a key role in Osama bin Laden's Al Qaeda network, a Spanish newspaper said Tuesday quoting FBI and Spanish police sources.
According to Barcelona-based La Vanaguardia daily, the FBI and Spanish police concluded that Tayssir Alluni, 56, was "in charge of Al Qaeda propaganda for Europe and the United States."
Alluni, who is of Syrian origin but has a Spanish passport, is one of 35 persons indicted last week by Spanish anti-terror judge Baltasar Garzon with links to or membership of Al Qaeda.
During the US-led war in Afghanistan, Alluni has become a celebrity in the Arab world with his exclusive reports from Taliban-held territory. Al Jazeera has rejected all charges against Alluni and stated "he is being hunted for reporting the truth." (Albawaba.com)
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